This book features case studies from teachers, leaders and educational professors on inclusion in schools. Using a conception of inclusion that acknowledges issues of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion and ability, this book provides readers with a useful blend of theory and practice. Each case is situated in a school setting and offers readers opportunities to learn about the complexities and challenges associated with issues of exclusion and to develop practices that support inclusion.
Exclusion in schools and societies--exceedingly various in its forms and targets--can be particularly difficult to interrupt when routinized and normalized, or as we see increasingly today, when masked by false claims to democracy. As educators and leaders strive toward inclusion in the most robust and complex sense, we need look no further than this collection by Griffiths, Ryan, and colleagues that magnifies the complexities, contingencies, and contradictions of doing so. The refusal to oversimplify that defines the vast array of richly detailed cases only pushes readers further to grapple, question, dialogue, and imagine.
Kevin Kumashiro, author of
We are living through a global period of xenophobia, divisiveness, and new and old exclusions that is trickling down to our schools. There is no better way to teach inclusion than through the use of complex cases that make us think about how we normalize and/or disrupt exclusion in and out of schools. The cases in this book are excellent tools for stimulating in-class discussion and professional development, and it is in these educational spaces that we can begin to learn how to challenge the bullies who want to divide us.
Gary Anderson, Dept. of Educational Leadership, NYU